Weed & Pest Control Program

The City of Wetaskiwin Parks department is dedicated to environmentally responsible weed and pest control. We are committed to learning new methods, as well as using tried and true methods of controlling the local weed/pest population. At various times throughout the year we will be implementing these methods where applicable.

All treated areas with the potential of public exposure will be marked with signs stating the type of pest controlled, the product used, and the City’s contact information. Exceptions are hard surfaces, fence lines, around posts and rodent control. All signs will be posted before and after application. Spraying will not take place if there are:

  • drought conditions
  • high temperatures
  • excessive wind speeds (above 16 kilometres per hour)

There is a 30 metre buffer zone (an area not sprayed) around all playgrounds and day-cares. The City of Wetaskiwin follows a Medical Alert Pesticide program. All pesticides used meet the standards of Health Canada and Alberta Environment.

The following is an approximate time frame for control:

Pest TypeProduct UsedAPRMAYJUNJLYAUGSEPOCT
Broadleaf weeds
in turf and hard
surfaces
2-4-D, Dicamba,
Mecaprop,
Metasulfuron Methyl.
Clopyralid, Glyphosate
no
XXXXXX
Noxious weeds2-4-D, Dicamba,
Mecaprop,
Metasulfuron Methyl.
Clopyralid, Glyphosate
no
XXXXXX
School Grounds2-4-D, Dicamba,
Mecaprop, Glyphosate
no
no
no
XXno
no
Weeds in Shrub BedsGlyphosateno
XXXXXX
Industrial Areas2-4-D, Dicamba,
Mecaprop, Glyphosate,
Metsulfuron Methyl
no
XXXXXX
Richardson
Ground Squirrel
Chlorophacione,
Sulphur Gas, Mustard Seed,
Alpha-olefin, Sulfonate, Sodium
XXXXXXno
Wasps, Ants,
Hornets
Carbaryl, d-trans Allethrin,
N-Octyl Bicyloheptane
Dicarboximide, Perethrin
no
no
XXXXno


The City of Wetaskiwin handles all pest/weed control products in a safe and responsible manner. If you have any questions or concerns please phone Byron Olson, Public Works Manager, at 780.361.4439.